Murgh Mussallam ~ Whole Chicken

If there are family specials and things related to that, they always bring memories to us. This is one such recipe that Amma always treasured and prepared on special occasions. Of course, all the special occasion naturally comes on Sunday. Amma takes on herself to prepare a feast on all Sundays. This recipe, she got from her old pressure cooker which she got when she got married. The recipe book was really torn and worn. My hubby dear always sees that and remarks that it looks like a stone age piece of information passed across centuries. I am told that the taste of this does give one that feeling.

Updated post for Murgh Mussallam with step by step pictures

This is one of Amma's specials,

Ingredient Needed for A:

Chicken - 1 medium
Curd - 125 gms
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Garlic - 6 flakes
Ginger - 2"
Green Chillies - 2
Salt to taste

Ingredients needed for B:

Vanaspati or Butter - 160 gms
Onions - 350 gms

To be roasted

Red chillies - 5 nos
Cloves - 6
Peppercorn - 6
Cinnamon - 1
Cardamon - 4
Almonds - 6 to 8
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Seeds - 1 tsp

Garlic - 6 flakes

Ginger - 2"
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp

For the Gravy

Water - 150 ml
Coriander leaves - few springs

Preparation A:

Clean and wash Chicken, pick all over with a fork. Grind all masala to a fine paste and mix with Curd. Rub this mixture over the chicken and leave for 2 to 3 hours.

Preparation B:

Roast all ingredients except ginger, coriander, red chillies and garam masala. Chop Onions and garlic, fry and keep aside. Grind roasted masala, ginger, almonds, fried onions and garlic into a fine paste. Cut coriander finely.

Method to Prepare:

Heat butter in a cooker body, add 1/2 tsp chilli pw and chicken. Lightly brown the chicken. Add the masala paste of Ingredients B and stir for 2 min. Add water, Close lid. Place cooker on max heat. Bring to full cooking and pressure. Reduce to medium heat and cook for 10 min. Open cooker immediately after releasing steam pressure. Place cooker on the stove and let the water evaporate if any. Garnish with coriander leaves and garam masala.

We always make it with Ghee rice and serve it as a whole. Unfortunately, I was not able to get the picture of the whole chicken, will replace the next time I prepare it.

Enjoy! and get back with feedback.

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